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Singaporeans can now use SmartGate facilities at the airports of Australia

February 2014, 27
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SmartGate facilities at the airports of Australia
Singaporeans can now be more enthused to pass through the immigration counters at the Australian airports, after Canberra has extended the use of its SmartGate facilities to the tourists from Singapore. 

Andrew Robb, Australia’s Minister for Trade and Investment has said on Wednesday that the department of Customs and Border Protection has launched a trail to allow the electronic passport holders of Singapore who are aged 16 years and over to use the SmartGate facilities in eight of the its major airports.

Singapore would be the first Asian country to make use of this brand-new technology.

SmartGate is processed through self service. It is a facility available for the eligible travelers of Singapore entering Australia

Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand are currently using this service on a permanent basis, whereas United States and the Swiss electronic passport holders are using it under trial arrangements.

SmartGate offers great speed. SmartGate is processed through self service by making use of passport control, instead of staying in a queue to meet the officer of Customs and Border Protection. 

In 2013, there were 385,300 visitors from Australia to Switzerland, an increase of 12.1% when compared to the previous year.

During last year, Singaporeans were among the major categories from among different Southeast Asian nationalities to travel to Australia.

Michaelia, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has said, that by 2018, more than 80 % of the travelers going out and coming into Australia will hold an e-passport.

As more visitors use SmartGate, the officers of Customs and Border Protection can concentrate more on the people who pose a great risk to the border, while the travelers who abide by the laws of the government can pass through easily.

During the next twelve months the Australian department of Customs and Border Protection is planning to extend this trial to other countries. The countries are prioritized based on the number of visitors who come on a regular basis to Australia.

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